Research Offices face multiple challenges to keep pace with an evolving research landscape. As a result, research offices must constantly adapt their structures, infrastructure, practices and human resources. Looking ahead to 2030 we can expect that research will be highly multidisciplinary in nature and will increasing be conducted in virtual or digital environments, involving global collaborators across the spectrum of public, private and third sectors. In this future scenario, research funding, research management and research governance will themselves become highly collaborative in nature. Research offices will need to have the capacity and flexibility to support a diverse community of researchers and stakeholders both inside and outside their organisation.
What are the barriers that research offices will need to overcome to operate effectively in this proposed 2030 scenario? The workshop will allow participants to discuss the challenges that research managers will face in evolving their management skills and practices. Key questions will include (i) the new skills sets that research managers will need to acquire, (ii) the definition of excellent service in what will be a radically different research culture, (iii) actions to take now to prepare for the future, e.g. targeted acceleration of the evolution of research administration systems/processes.
|Time||15:45 - 17:00|
|Date||Tuesday 5th June, 2018|
|Theme||Future Shape of Work|
Dr Peter Hedges - Dr Peter Hedges Head of the University Research Office, University of Cambridge